Sunday, 7 December 2014

Day 7 – Creative Advent 14

Flores de Noche Buena
By Deborah Ballinger Illustrations in Nottingham, England

'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night' is inspired by the old Mexican legend of how the Poinsettia flower came to be. The story goes that a poor Mexican girl, on her way to Christmas Eve services, felt sad at having nothing to give to baby Jesus. Reminded that any gift is a treasure, she plucks a bunch of weeds into a bouquet, and as she presents them at the nativity scene beautiful bright red stars fall to earth, transforming her weed bouquet into a beautiful bunch of red flowers. Even to this day, the shape of the Poinsettia flower represents the star of Bethlehem and the red leaves of the blood of Christ.
Download the poster here and print it out to re-tell this story, or to remind yourself of the importance of giving this Christmas season.
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